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Words: Yusef Sayed
Featured in the December 2013 issue

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DEEPING PEOPLE AND RECIPES 2013
Reprint, originally published by Market Deeping Guild of Help, Price £4.99

A reprint of a book first compiled in 1913 by the Market Deeping Guild of Help who were raising money for St Guthlac’s Church, this new edition of Deeping People and Recipes includes additional information about the women who submitted the recipes as well as never before seen photographs of the area from the time.

The historical stories, the evocative images and the recipes are weaved together, so that bakers today might imagine the traditions and community activities of the era, and the people who lived in the Deepings at the beginning of the twentieth century, while they try to replicate the sorts of tasty treats that would have been offered on Christmas displays and in times of fundraising.

There are suggestions for Lemon Cake, Vienna Steaks, Apricot Jam and Scotch Eggs among others and, as the popularity for home baking and cooking continues to grow thanks to The Great British Bake Off, this publication is perfectly timed to rekindle an interest in local recipes that will still whet the appetite today. All proceeds will go to the Deepings First World War Commemoration Project. Copies are available from judy.stevens1@btopenworld.com

RUSKINGTON AS I REMEMBER IT BY JOHN REED
Published by Jrr Publishing, Price £6.99

Although it is common for some of the older generation to chide today’s youngsters for documenting each moment of their lives on social networking sites, the desire to recount histories and research the minutiae of village life and the lives of family members who have passed on, before they elude memory, is still the basis of the majority of books that we receive at Lincolnshire Life.

In fact, this new book by John Reed started as a blog, where his memories of growing up in Ruskington were compiled and enjoyed by many visitors to the website. It begins with the author’s earliest memory, of Christmas with his grandparents in Broxholme and goes on to cover wartime air raids, check-ups by the school dentist, the National Savings scheme and much more.

Reed tells his stories and anecdotes fondly and with humour, painting a vivid picture of 1940s Lincolnshire – its pastimes, the local entertainment, and the shops and services that kept postwar life moving along. The book is full of personal reminiscences that bring to mind a very different time, albeit one that many readers will remember, and practices that are not so common today or might appear quaint. The blog origins of the book mean that it is presented in short bursts, ideal for both reading straight through or at random. The author also maintains the website www.ruskington-memories.co.uk The book is available through the Lincolnshire Life Shop www.lincolnshirelife.co.uk

PEAS AND QUEUES BY SANDI TOKSVIG
Published by Profile Books, Price £12.99

For years, broadcaster Sandi Toksvig has entertained both radio and television audiences lending her wit and knowledge to shows including The News Quiz and QI. Peas and Queues sees Toksvig navigating the ‘Minefield of Modern Manners’, suggesting ways of dealing with all manner of contemporary situations with a sense of decorum. This informative and humorous publication will help readers to save face and stay alert in our fast-moving society where etiquette is perhaps more lacking than it has ever been. www.profilebooks.com

BOOK NEWS
A new biography of Sir Thomas Bodley has been published by Lincolnshire based writer Allen Smith. A diplomat for Queen Elizabeth I and founder of the renowned Bodeleian Library in Oxford, Bodley’s life story is told against the often volatile backdrop of Tudor England and Europe. For more information on Sir Thomas Bodley: His Life and Times, visit www.sirthomasbodley.com

Spalding based Mark Willerton has released a memoir detailing his friendship with 1960s singer Kathy Kirby. Kirby enjoyed a showbiz lifestyle with a home in Mayfair, mink coats, diamonds and champagne. But Kathy’s story also reveals what happens when a star fades. The singer’s career and enigmatic life have never
been recounted so frankly. Go to www.kathykirby.org.uk for more details.

A discovery in a Lincolnshire goat shed has sparked renewed interest in Henry Rayner, a forgotten Australian artist from the 1920–30s. Although Henry Rayner is nowadays largely forgotten, during his life he had been a noted artist. His work can be found in the V&A, the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. ‘An Australian artist in London: the untold story of Hewitt Henry Rayner and his friendship with Walter Sickert’ is authored by Roger Staton and illustrated with nearly 100 drawings, paintings and prints,
and seventy-five photographs.  www.hewitthenryrayner.com

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS
There is a wealth of books relating to Lincolnshire available on our website, from local histories and compendiums of the county’s dialect, to thrillers penned by talented Lincolnshire writers. The trend in personal and family stories from all corners of the county continues apace, reflecting the ongoing inspiration that the television series Who Do You Think You Are? provides. www.lincolnshirelife.co.uk

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